|Born||September 26, 1980,|
San Francisco, California, USA
|6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
219 lb (99 kg; 15 st 9 lb)
|Ntl. team||United States of America|
|NHL Draft||18th overall, 2000|
Early life/collegiate career
Orpik, born in San Francisco, California a few months after the U.S. "Miracle on Ice" win over the Soviet Union in Lake Placid in 1980, was named after Team USA Olympic Head Coach Herb Brooks. Orpik grew up in Amherst, New York, and attended the Nichols' School in Buffalo and Thayer Academy in Braintree, Massachusetts. He played three seasons for Boston College, winning the Hockey East post-season championship in 1999 and 2001, as well as the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship in 2001. His younger brother Andrew was also a hockey player, playing for Boston College and having a brief minor-league career.
Orpik was drafted in the first round, 18th overall, of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins. He began his professional career with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL) during the 2001–02 season. He made his NHL debut during the 2002–03 season, playing in six games and recording no points. After earning a permanent roster spot on the team the next year, Orpik played in 79 games, registering one goal, nine assists and 127 penalty minutes.
Orpik signed a six-year, $22.5 million contract extension in the summer of 2008 with the Penguins. In October 2008, he was named an alternate captain (interim while Sergei Gonchar was injured) of the Penguins, along with Evgeni Malkin, behind captain Sidney Crosby.
On May 11, 2013, Orpik scored the game-winning goal in overtime of Game 6 to eliminate the New York Islanders and advance Pittsburgh to the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs; it was his first career Stanley Cup playoff goal.
On December 7, 2013, Orpik hit Boston Bruins forward Loui Eriksson, resulting in a concussion to the latter. Shawn Thornton took exception to the hit, and followed by slew-footing Orpik. After Orpik fell on his back due to the slew-foot, Thornton delivered a series of punches to Orpik, concussing him. Thornton was suspended for 15 games for the incident. 
|Men's ice hockey|
|Competitor for the United States|
In 2009, Orpik was invited to the USA Hockey orientation camp, from August 17 to 19, in preparation for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Orpik was selected to Team USA for the Olympic squad, which finished with a silver medal finish behind Canada.
Regular season and playoffs
- NHL Entry Draft Year by Year Results. National Hockey League.
- Herb Brooks connection strong heading into gold medal game. ESPN (2010-06-05). Retrieved on 2010-06-05.
- Cook, Ron. "Orpik-Therrien relationship takes strange turns", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 10, 2008. Retrieved on November 18, 2015.
- Final. Pittsburgh Penguins at Detroit Red Wings - 06/12/2009. Nhl.com. Retrieved on April 6, 2014.
- Pens-Sabres In-Game Blog - Pittsburgh Penguins - Features. Penguins.nhl.com (December 17, 2011). Retrieved on April 6, 2014.
- Orpik's OT goal sends Penguins to 2nd round - WSJ.com. Online.wsj.com (May 11, 2013). Retrieved on April 6, 2014.
- Capitals add two Penguins defensemen in free agency. Washington Post (2014-07-01). Retrieved on 2014-07-01.
- "U.S. Loses Leads and Settles for Tie", December 27, 1999. Retrieved on September 21, 2012.
- U.S. orientation camp roster - olyhockey - ESPN. Sports.espn.go.com (June 30, 2009). Retrieved on April 6, 2014.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Brooks Orpik|
- Brooks Orpik's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
- Brooks Orpik's biography at Legends of Hockey
|Awards and achievements|
|Pittsburgh Penguins first round draft pick
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